Sports Gaming Network's Scores

  • Games
For 254 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 98 World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International
Lowest review score: 20 Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 254
254 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    There is simply so much depth that even after 4 months of playing this game, and years of playing the preceding titles in the series I am still amazed by something every single match.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Fast, smooth, detailed, and colorful...THPS3 simply makes the previous games of the series look like battered stepchildren.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The game uses DTS Interactive and SurroundSoundScape audio technologies to deliver a dynamically enveloping and completely stunning audio presentation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    SSX
    With tight gameplay, huge environments, and stunning graphics, SSX is the most enjoyable snowboarding game ever made, and it is easily one of the best games available for the PS2.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It's so good, I find it humorous that ESPN uses Madden for its pre-game show.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    I've been playing soccer games for more than 15 years, ... Now while there have been many excellent live-action soccer games over that period nothing comes close to either Evolution or GameNight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    In the end, I want substance over style, and NCAA Football 2004 is the poster child for that.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Incredible, and if you buy one live-action soccer game this year, make it either "ISS Pro Evolution" or ESPN MLS GameNight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The best fighting game I have ever played. I don't think the game is perfect, but is solid in every area.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I don't know if Keanu Reeves is a gamer, but if he is, he would probably say, "Whoa, these are some most excellent graphics...dude!"
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    EA must have been hanging out in newsgroups, forums, and review sites listening to consumers complain about the passing game as the secondary AI has definitely improved for the better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A refreshing break from typical graphics-oriented games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Updated Career mode? Check. New tricks? Check. Online play? Check. Hopelessly addictive gameplay? Check! Yup, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 just about has it all.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The great AI, realistic QB decisions, incredible off season, and improved graphics makes this the football game of choice.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just flat out fun to play. Is it better than "Sega GT?" Yes. Is it better than "F-355?" Yes. I can honestly say that it's the best racer on the Dreamcast and on any system for that matter. "Whoa! Man, are you saying this is the best racer of all time?" Yep, that's what I'm saying.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If it weren't for the beautiful graphics, great sound, awesome gameplay, and enormous replay value NBA2K1 would have nothing going for it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If it had a couple more adjustments for force feedback and pedals, and had the ability so save unfinished races, it would almost be as perfect as a racing game is capable of being today.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The gameplay engine is brilliant, not only for its attention to detail, but also for its perpetual challenge. I don’t think I can categorize the gameplay as “easy to pick up, but difficult to master” but I never think I’m being cheated by the CPU.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    To say that Madden 2005 is the best of all the games is accurate, but is it the strongest year-to-year improvement? To that, I say no. Nonetheless, Madden is king.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Even in a year when EA's FIFA series was pretty solid, Winning Eleven again reigns king because of its excellent game engine and overall depth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Without a doubt one of the best console racing games I have played in the past few years and deserves to mentioned in the same with the likes of "Gran Turismo," "Ridge Racer" and "Sega GT."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I love both games, with ESPN being a better gameplay game and Madden holding the edge with game modes and options. But, graphically, the two are similar and so is the replay value.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I'm not saying Street is more or less realistic than "Live," but Street is better at being an arcade b-ball title than "Live" or "2k3" at being a sim.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The catalog of user created courses and online flexibility make you consistently want to come back for more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As the parity of sports games increases (almost all games have the same game modes and similar solid graphics), the difference comes in the A.I., and this is the one area where ESPN truly shines. This is my pick for the strongest PS2 baseball game on the market for this 2004 season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    College Hoops is the second best sports game I played in 2004, with Madden taking the top prize.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed "SSX Tricky," you will love SSX 3--it's as simple as that. Even if you hated "Tricky," you still might dig this sequel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The advanced controls let you take unprecedented control of virtually every aspect of the game. With it the running game is improved and the defense rises to a new level. All this boils down to one great football game.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If I could sum up my over 5000 word review in one word, it would be "Wow."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sure, the graphics aren't what we'd expect from a PS2 title, but the gameplay is what counts, and 2K2 has it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The key is the gameplay. While there are some nagging issues, the game is balanced overall and will appeal to fans of the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A great portrayal of professional basketball. While its counterpart, "NBA Live," may have more razzle and dazzle, ESPN has the fundamentals covered. If you know the difference between a "2" and a "5" when it comes to basketball positions, ESPN is your choice.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The additions of the VIP, online seasons and tournaments, and weekly schedules make this game hard to pass up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The 43-car field in the Xbox version compared to 25-car field in the PS2 version is by far what makes the Xbox game better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The key to the game is the balance of arcade and sim elements of the gameplay. The game is flat out fun to play, which is what counts the most.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Those familiar with the 2K series already know it's the best basketball franchise around. For all others, welcome to the party.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you can get past some of the sloppy control and strong defensive qualities of the game (including a too-effective poke check), you'll find a game completely opposite all other arcade based titles on the market.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If EA Sports increased shot making difficulty and paid a little more attention to golf physics detail, Tiger Woods 2003 would probably be the first game I ever gave close to a perfect score.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best modern F1 racing sim to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    More than just a slight improvement over last year’s version. It’s my favorite version to date primarily due to the reduction of goalie ability. While the neutral zone play isn’t there like the past, overall the game plays better than ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There were enough nuances and respect for fundamentals that I felt like I could use my basketball I.Q. as an advantage. And yet, the game is playable, even for someone who has never touched the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    BBCF has made an excellent debut, bringing a game that blends a deep recruiting engine with an unparalleled breadth of team playcalling control.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Whereas most types of gamers are likely to enjoy "SSX 3," only those with an interest in snowboarding will fully appreciate Amped 2.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No question about it, Amped is the most addictive snowboarding title on the market today for any system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 3D accelerated graphics are a big boost in my eyes and the addition of the APCD is going to give this sim the legs it's been lacking in recent years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge improvement over the past few versions of the game. The game has a good balance between realism and fast arcade style action.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of solid game play, entertaining commentary, and unparalleled replay value make NCAA 2003 one of the best sports games ever.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I'll play games of arcade style hockey for instant gratification, I'll stick with NHL 2K3 for its depth. It's as close to real hockey as you can find currently on a console.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would be a tragedy if this wild romp got lost among this year's many blockbusters. The variety is fantastic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be revolutionary, but it has enough going for it to suck in most gamers, regardless of their skill level or feelings toward golf. Only haughty golf purists or those truly burnt out on the Tiger Woods franchise should consider getting their golfing fix elsewhere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I have yet to notice any pop-up or draw-in in the game. The developers did a tremendous job of hiding these artifacts behind tunnels and turns such that once you make a curve or pop over a hill the images flow naturally.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is just plain fun and I can honestly say that I would rather play Live 2001 than almost half of the PS2's line-up of launch games.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the new minicamp, rookie scouting, improved DB AI as well as the create-a-play feature, this game is definitely fun in the long term. Add that in with the existing franchise mode from last year and it only gets better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most realistic playing hockey title to date and a fun one at that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually MSR is second to none with highly detailed environments...Likewise, the AI can be bullish at times, but with cunning driving you can beat them at their own game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's time to forgive Acclaim for the sins of "QB Club." Vanishing Point makes forgiveness easy. This is one dandy racer.
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    • 89 Critic Score
    A must-buy for recruiting nuts. If recruiting is your cup of tea, I can't envision a game getting any better than this.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While there is no doubt in my mind that NFL 2k3 is the most realistic football game on the market, I am not sold that is the most fun. Madden does play at a faster pace, but it is much easier to pick up on and scoring is much easier.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The game is far from perfect due to questionable AI and some issues with physics. The liberties taken with the physics keeps the game from being the true simulation most gamers think it is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The selection of courses is excellent, and the outdoor Enduro environments are packed with tons of thrills and secret locations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The gameplay of F1 2001 is the best yet for the series on a console. The nagging issues of super grip and limited tuning options have been addressed and the game has rounded the corner on its way to becoming a potential sim lover's dream.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Some of the elements need to be fine tuned in next year's version, such as presentation and audio. With these problems asides, the depth of the Legacy mode, increased Xbox Live features, and better gameplay make this a good buy at $20.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you can handle the twitchy racing style of the expert mode, the tuning options are numerous. The game features a good damage model, and the support of the Logitech force feedback wheel adds to the realism of the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I just wish that the details of NH were as good as the foundational components such as the physics and graphics engines. The yellow flag bug will ruin a great offline race.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you have a moderately fast computer and decent video card, you should be able to really enjoy Nascar Racing 2002 Season.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The combination of graphics and intuitive gameplay make this game a success.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Certain flaws in NBA Street V3 held it back from getting a better score, such as the gameplay feeling awkward at times and the annoying announcer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even though the other two versions of this series are more fun, the incredible customization depth, tons of unlockables, and the addition of online multiplayer make up for the V3's flaws and make it the best of the three games in the series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    MLB 2K5 is not the best baseball video game on the market, but that does not mean its bad. The presentation, graphics, and audio, as well as improvements in the online mode help overcome the game's weaknesses.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's not yet great, but I think more of a stepping stone toward greatness, and the NHL series seems to be finally moving in the right direction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is virtually a carbon copy of the PSX version. However, the AI and control was tweaked just a wee bit in the positive direction.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Not only do you have to be able to play street ball, but you also have to be able to break some ankles and score with style, not just a wussy 15-foot jump shot, which likely would get rejected/goaltended in the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game play is top notch and the graphics got a great upgrade.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game isn't the "NBA Jam" of soccer, but the propensity for high-scoring games gives it a different feel from "Winning Eleven."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you prefer a quicker-paced game buy "High Heat," but if you like a more methodical and in-depth game, buy WSB.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Truth is, beyond the crassness of its Story mode, THUG 2 is not radically different from last year's game. There's not a whole lot new here aside from a few gimmicks and some off-the-wall elements.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It is fun. I looked forward to each game I played and enjoyed every minute of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Hands down the best series on the PlayStation...The Madden series leaves PSOne gamers on a high note as they take the series to the PS2 and X-Box.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A very challenging game with the computer constantly hitting clutch shots when the game is on the line.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Flaws in the graphics and lack of improvement in 24/7 mode are outweighed by the positives of improvements in gameplay, the Association, and online.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For football sim fans, we want to be able to customize just about every aspect of the AI. 2K3 attempts this to a certain extent, but it still has a ways to go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This new edition could have been so much more (and some of its features should have been in the original).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    One of the best action-sports titles available, rivaling the great Tony Hawk series. Granted, the audio-visual presentation could have been better, and many bugs and glitches were left intact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Overall, even despite some of its shortcomings, this game is a good enough improvement over last year's game to warrant a purchase.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Despite a small field of cars, NASCAR 2001 gives the virtual racer a sense of the thrill of NASCAR racing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A game that does its license proud. It's the most complete boxing game to come out recently.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    ESPN's fatigue problems and lazy secondary play detract from the game, but the first person view, running game, and overall presentation show ESPN is a strong contender.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Rallisport Challenge 2 should win the award as the best looking game on the Xbox. Its graphics are nothing short of amazing, but the audio package is typical for racing games.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A major improvement over last year's version in terms of both the gameplay and the in-game features.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lack of a decent replay, lack of injuries, the occasional quirky fielding, and squatty player models. But honestly EA and Treyarch have put forth a nice product, making several improvements over the PSX versions of the game. The implementation of the pressure-sensitive buttons adds a whole new dimension to the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the graphics aren't as good as I expected from this PS2 title, they are still a huge jump up for PlayStation owners. The reported slowdown hardly detracts from enjoying the game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ball physics, course modeling, new swing type, and huge number of options make this a must buy for Links fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the stronger features like the new pitcher/batter interface are outstanding, I'm not sold that this is the king of the mound. The major problem is with the defense, and I think defense wins championships.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    ASB04 has made some very good strides on the graphics side, but I have to admit that, for me, the hitting is still too much of a chore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The strongest college basketball game on the market this season by a good margin.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the best yet in the series. The addition of licensed cars, more rivals and highways, and a few new gameplay twists make this one fine racer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While MVP will likely fall short of fulfilling gamers wanting a true simulation, the game blends realism and arcade successfully, just as many other EA games have done in the past.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    MLB
    It is the best handheld baseball game I have played. This is due in large part to the easy pickup and play nature of the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The gameplay and AI is solid, albeit a little aggressive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The animation sequences are nothing short of perfection, with pull-down tackles and wrap-around sacks utilizing many frames of action.